Commission on Human Rights
The Commission on Human Rights Board (“CHR Board”) is a quasi-judicial, as well as advisory, board charged with the enforcement of Miami-Dade County's Human Rights Ordinance, Chapter 11A of the Miami-Dade County Code, as amended. The Human Rights Ordinance makes it unlawful to discriminate against any person in Miami-Dade County in employment; housing; public accommodations; and credit and financing practices on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and/or status as a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, and/or source of income.
The CHR Board also enforces the Miami-Dade County Family Leave Ordinance (Article V of Chapter 11A of the Miami-Dade County Code) and the Domestic Violence Leave Ordinance (Article VIII of Chapter 11A of the Miami-Dade County Code). The CHR Board’s mission is to reduce discrimination in Miami-Dade County and promote equal treatment for all persons in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit and financing.
CHR Board Members are appointed by the BCC to serve in a voluntary capacity assisting in addressing issues of discrimination countywide. The CHR Board consists of 26 members who serve a term of eight consecutive years or as long as their appointing commissioner holds office. All CHR Board Members must reside within Miami-Dade County.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main duties and responsibilities of the CHR Board are to:
- Hear and decide appeals of the CHR Director’s final determination. Appeals are heard in front of a panel of at least three CHR Board Members or a hearing officer.
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- Issue final orders reviewing and upholding, modifying, or reversing the CHR Director’s determination.
- Subpoena witnesses or the production of evidence.
- Provide advice to the BCC and the County Mayor related to civil rights issues impacting the local community.
- Provide an annual report to the BCC regarding the County’s compliance with fair housing laws.
Current Board Members
- Judith Freedberg, Esq., Chairperson
- Aimee Ferrer, Esq., 1st Vice Chairperson
- Michelle Urbistondo, Esq., 2nd Vice Chairperson
- Rob Collins, Esq.
- Rene Gonzalez-Llorens, Esq.
- Marta Navarro
- Carolina F. Naveiras
- Merline J. Barton
- Stephen Simeonidis, Esq.
- William ''Doug'' Muir, Esq.
- Thomas W. Snook, Esq.
- Aidil Oscariz, Esq.
- Rodolfo ''Rudy'' Mayor, Esq.
- Julio Bravo
The CHR Board meets once a month to discuss general business and hear and dispose of pending final orders related to cases on appeal. The CHR Board requires a quorum consisting of five members in order to conduct business.
As a condition of membership, it is expected that each CHR Board Member will attend every scheduled and duly noticed business meeting.
Any CHR Board Member that misses two consecutive meetings or three meetings over the course of the calendar year without providing written notice and justification to the CHR staff, will be subject to automatic removal from the board.